3 things to do for free in Denver this week, January 6-8

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Even if paying rent has left a hole in your wallet, there are economical entertainment opportunities around town. Whether you want to watch a horror film, see an activism documentary, or listen to an improv music performance, you can do it all for free in Denver this week. Let us know in the comments section if we've missed any great bargains and ,as always, check out the Westword calendar for a full listing of events.

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Creepshow at Crash 45 (Tuesday)

The Cruel Winter Horror Film Series is back tonight with its first January flick:


. Have a drink at Crash 45 while you watch the Stephen King-penned, George Romero-directed horror movie inspired by 1950s EC comics.

Gasland II at the Mercury Cafe (Wednesday)

Delving into the world of the oil-and-gas industries and fracking, Josh Fox's controversial

Gasland II

will screen tonight for free. Local activists Cliff Wellmung and Shane Davis will be on hand for a group discussion after the film.

Mile High Improv Night at the Lion's Lair (Thursday) While improv nights for comedy are commonplace, a chance to see bands improvise live is much more rare. Tonight, though, members of The Free Electric Band, Lucida Tela, Parafunk and Facial will create one-of-a-kind performances based on the unique musical expressions going on around them. Come witness something that will never happen quite the same way again.

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